British Heavyweight David Price Hits The End of The Road. Here’s What Happened.
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
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At 21-4, Olympic Heavyweight Bronze medalist David Price, age 33, 6’8”, has probably passed his better days as a fighter, and blown his best chances at a world heavyweight title shot. Having failed critical tests against Tony Thompson twice, Erkan Teper, and now Christian Hammer, Price is probably reduced to stepping stone journeyman status at this point in his career.
How would price have fared again David Haye, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Dillian White, of Dereck Chisora? Not too well at all. Price had Tony Thompson down in the rematch, and had Christian Hammer down in the third round of their bout for Hammer’s WBO European Heavyweight title at Olympia, Kensington, in London this past February 4, 2017. True to form, Price could not finish his man again when he had him in trouble, and as he did previously, simply ran out of gas.
Physical conditioning seems to be the major hurdle working against David Price. He has the height, and at 275 pounds, certainly the power and muscle to get the job done. Price, as a result, would not have lasted long against Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz, Ruslan Chagaev or any of the other top flight of heavyweights such as Robert Helenius, Chris Arreola or Johann Duhaupas. Price falls short of the mark, and lacks the stamina a 12 round technical bout requires. Yaroslav Zavorotni took Price the 10 round distance, a fighter knocked out by Nicolai Valuev and Alexander Dimitrenko. Other than that, Price has never gone past the sixth round, and as such, never qualified himself as a world class fighter at the ‘A’ level.
Should David Price fight again? Boxing experts and British fight fans hope not. While boxing is certainly a popular professional sport in the United Kingdom, David Price has unfortunately turned out to be a later life reincarnation of the late British fighter Jack Bodell. His career, at this point, cannot be salvaged. Price is running out of gas and getting beaten up on the inside by shorter, less powerful fighter with better stamina. While he did not realize his potential, not every fighter or Olympian does. It’s just one of those things. To put him in with another main event heavyweight in the future would be doing Price an injustice and a disservice-because he will never rise to higher than a ‘B’ level fighter. Price is not an eight round fighter. He’s a hard hitting six round fighter in the mold of a taller version of Ernie Shavers, who can hit hard and get you out of there earlier, but whose style and abilities are not geared for a long technical ring war in the later championship rounds.
Without the stamina to outlast opponents in a lengthy ring war, Price, against bettered conditioned boxers, simply ran out of gas beyond a certain point, and got exposed as a limited fighter. Price had early power, beyond that, nothing more, and limited technical skill. He had Tony Thompson and Christian Hammer down, and should have been able to finish them with that kind of power, even without later round stamina. Like Earnie Shavers in later years, the power was there early, but after a few rounds, Shavers was just a lumbering hulk waiting to be stopped. Price was tall, Shavers was too heavy, but the common denominator was hard hitting heavyweight who just lacked the stamina for a lengthy bout. Sportswriter Robert Brizel’s comprehensive analysis of David Price’s career is an education on why fighters should not be sent into the ring with power lacking stamina.